Green Lake Community Council chairperson Michael Cornell presents a $500 check to Phinney Neighborhood Association executive director Lee Harper for the Greenwood Disaster Relief Fund in front of a mural painted on the plywood covering a shattered window at Razzis Pizzeria (8523 Greenwood Ave. N.). Photo courtesy of Michael Cornell/Green Lake Community Council
Green Lake Community Council chairperson Michael Cornell presents a $500 check to Phinney Neighborhood Association executive director Lee Harper for the Greenwood Disaster Relief Fund in front of a mural painted on the plywood covering a shattered window at Razzis Pizzeria (8523 Greenwood Ave. N.). Photo courtesy of Michael Cornell/Green Lake Community Council

Green Lake Community Council chairperson Michael Cornell presented a check for $500 on Saturday, March 12, to Phinney Neighborhood Association executive director Lee Harper for the Greenwood Disaster Relief Fund to help businesses and employees affected by March 9 gas explosion.

“Most of the businesses affected by the Greenwood explosion were local, independent, non-chain, non-franchise businesses,” Michael Cornell said.  “Independent businesses like these and the people who work there are big parts of the hearts and souls of Seattle’s distinct neighborhoods. We must support them.”

The Phinney Neighborhood Association established the Greenwood Disaster Relief Fund within hours of the Wednesday-morning explosion that leveled three businesses and affected dozens of other neighborhood businesses and apartments.

The Green Lake Community Council is challenging other community councils, neighborhood associations and chambers of commerce to match or beat the donation from Green Lake. Donations to the relief fund can be made at Phinneycenter.org/greenwoodrelief.